The 2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results Are In

We’ve been working hard for months, and today the Developer Survey results for 2019 are live. This year marks the ninth year we’ve published our annual Developer Survey, and nearly 90,000 developers took the 20-minute survey earlier this year.

See the results for yourself!

What are some of this year’s key results?

  • Python, the fastest-growing major programming language, has risen in the ranks of programming languages in our survey yet again, edging out Java this year and standing as the second most loved language (behind Rust).
  • Over half of respondents had written their first line of code by the time they were sixteen, although this experience varies by country and by gender.
  • We asked respondents to think about the last time they solved coding problems with and without our site. The data indicates that Stack Overflow saves a developer 30 to 90 minutes of time per week!
Dig into the full report to learn more about developer salaries, how optimistic developers are, the best music to listen to while coding, and more.

Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey is the largest and most comprehensive survey of people who code around the world, but our results don’t represent everyone in the developer community evenly. We have further work to do to make Stack Overflow the welcoming, inclusive, and diverse platform we want it to be, and this is reflected in our survey sample. We are committed to building on steps we’ve taken in the past year and improving in this area this year and beyond. Some of these survey results directly guide those efforts.

To address these characteristics of our survey sample, we often summarize results by country or gender, highlight results for underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, or use survey weighting to correct for demographic skew. Be sure to check out where we’ve pointed out these kinds of differences.

We’ll make the anonymized results of this year’s survey publicly available under the Open Database License (ODbL) in May. Until then, you can access the data sets from previous years. Have questions or feedback? Head over to Meta and use the [survey-2019] tag.

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  1. The 2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey

  2. “We asked respondents to think about the last time they solved coding problems with and without our site. The data indicates that Stack Overflow saves a developer 30 to 90 minutes of time per week!” I don’t think answers to that survey question alone can establish that fact; the survey answers are self-reported, and the phrasing of the question created a vague metric based on a hypothetical comparison. Survey questions like this probably say more about how much time people *feel* they have saved than how much actual time has been saved.

    While it’s undeniable that Stack Overflow has become a go-to place for answers to programming questions, and it is likely popular because obtaining answers here is more efficient than searching through random forums, a survey question lacks the strength to establish the claimed result, and thus the “30 to 90 minutes” figure amounts to mere marketing.

  3. “Python, the fastest-growing major programming language, has risen in the ranks of programming languages in our survey yet again, edging out Java this year and standing as the second most loved language (behind Rust).”

    I can’t understand why Java is still used so much…

  4. Jhon Mejer says:

    Wow Phytons

  5. Debanjan Sarkar says:

    I bet it saves us way more than 90 minutes a week. Sometimes, it has saved me a whole week.

  6. Next time, consider asking how people feel about working in an open-office space, a cubicle, or a private office (perhaps shared by one or two others).

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